What started as a small venue of only 150 people seven years ago has grown to an event of over 500.
Raise the Woof is the Central Alberta Humane Society’s yearly fundraiser in support of shelter animals awaiting their ‘fur-ever’ home.
An outstanding night of comedy, the fundraiser will take place on Friday, Nov. 29.
“People keep coming back because they know what a great event it is,” says Melissa Devlin, Fund Development Coordinator.
“I used to be a veterinary technician,” says Melissa about joining the team at the Central Alberta Humane Society.
“Then I went back to school for journalism, and working now in development for the humane society is combining my two skills together. I’ve been an animal lover my whole life. I’ve always had pets. I can’t imagine working anywhere else and raising for money for anyone else than the shelter animals.
“Raise the Woof is a comedy night fundraiser for Central Alberta Humane Society,” she says. “It’s grown so much more than just a comedy night though, it’s turned more into a gala. In addition to three standup comedians, there’s a three-course meal, raffles, silent auction and a DJ.
“Every year they’re pretty top-notch comedians,” says Melissa.
“One year, our headliner was a writer on the Ellen show. They’ve been on HBO, Comedy Central –they’re not just your average comedian.
“They always bring some pretty good laughs,” she says.
“Our goal is to raise about $35,000, it has been a tough year for us, donations have been significantly down, and our sponsorship is down quite significantly as well, so we’re really hoping to pull out that $35,000 mark, because it’s something that we budget for to help care for the animals, and to keep all of our community programs running as well.”
If people are unable to sponsor, the Humane Society invites them to donate to the raffle and silent auction.
“We love gift baskets for our silent auction,” Melissa adds.
“We usually like the items to be valued at $250-plus, as well if people can’t sponsor or donate, obviously coming out, buying tickets and attending is a great way to support the animals as well.”